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Topic: felted beads... and example of how to use them - in action on gloves tutorial  (Read 5150 times)
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2005 12:56:11 PM »

Super cute, they look like candy!
I would love an explanation of how they are made, if it wouldn't be too much of a bother.
Thanks for sharing artistrachelmarie

Hi thanks,
what you need: kool aid, roving, vinegar, water, a couple bowls, a hot water boiler or pot on a stovetop, Ivory dishsoap, and Mister Clean Gloves
This is how I make the beads:
1) Take roving and dye it with kool aid: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0
2) Heat water with a couple squirts of  Ivory
3) Pinch one or two colors of roving together and dip them into the water
4) Roll the roving in your hands like you would a clay ball.... experiement with pressure and speed... you'll feel the felted bead get tight and then you can put it in a bowl to dry ( I use record bowl! haha) I find that when you paid natural white roving with a color they look really whimsical b/c of the contrast
The soap will make lots of bubbles and your bead will look a lot nicer when it dries
Also if you get a "butt" just take a small amount of roving and drape it over the whole bead and roll again. Try and do this before the bead gets too dry.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2005 05:10:38 PM »

I'm a tool. Sorry... I guess I just didn't see that you had instructions listed in your original post.
It sounds like great fun, can't wait to get my hands on some roving.
Thanks again!
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2005 06:40:09 PM »

I'm a tool. Sorry... I guess I just didn't see that you had instructions listed in your original post.
It sounds like great fun, can't wait to get my hands on some roving.
Thanks again!

nah i just modified it
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2005 12:11:05 PM »

OK.  I've searched and googled and looked in the dictionary.
What is roving?Huh  Is it unspun fibres?  Will this technique work at all on spun wool??
Thanks.
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2005 01:23:36 PM »

OK.  I've searched and googled and looked in the dictionary.
What is roving?Huh  Is it unspun fibres?  Will this technique work at all on spun wool??
Thanks.

yeah it's just "unspun wool" any kind of wool will work, even scraps of old 100% wool yarns...
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AmeliaTherese
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2005 11:12:26 PM »

those are the cutest things EVER

I love them. And it's just hitting winter here in Australia now (though we are still devoid of cool weather) and it's just in time ot make them.

Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2013 09:46:33 AM »

looks like a perfect project for a girl scout troop.  Thanks
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